| Muscular Dystrophy Association
In addition, children with muscular dystrophy often have very large calves due to the large amounts of fatty deposits that are replacing muscle.
About Neuromuscular Diseases - Muscular Dystrophy Association
Aside from seeing the telethon on Labor Day weekend, many people don't know much about muscular dystrophy. Yet a quarter of a million kids and adults are living with the disease, so chances are you may know someone who has it.
A tell-tale clinical characteristic for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is Gowers' sign. Children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy find it very hard to get up from a sitting or lying position on the floor. They first pull up to their hands and knees. The child walks his or her hands up their legs to brace themselves as they rise to a standing position.
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Muscle dystrophy care at Michigan State University is jointly managed by co-directors Margaret Frey, DO (Neurology) and Rebecca Wyatt, DO (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation).
Muscular Dystrophy | Cleveland Clinic
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is caused by an X-linked recessive gene. "X-linked" means that the gene causing the trait or the disorder is located on the X chromosome. Genes on the X chromosome can be recessive or dominant, and their expression in females and males is not the same because the genes on the Y chromosome do not exactly pair up with the genes on the X. X-linked recessive genes are expressed in females only if there are two copies of the gene (one on each X chromosome). However, for males there only needs to be one copy of an X-linked recessive gene in order for the trait or disorder to be expressed. For example, a woman can carry a recessive gene on one of the X chromosomes unknowingly, and pass it on to a son, who will express the trait or disease.
Muscular Dystrophy | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Sometimes a muscle biopsy is needed. The doctor removes a small piece of muscle tissue and examines it under a microscope. If a person has MD, the muscle tissue will have some unusually large fibers, and some of the other fibers will show signs of breaking down. Finally, genetic testing can show if a person has Duchenne MD or certain other forms of muscular dystrophy.
Muscular Dystrophy - KidsHealth
To date, there is no known treatment, medicine, or surgery that will cure muscular dystrophy, or stop the muscles from weakening. The goal of treatment is to prevent deformity and allow the child to function as independently as possible.
Muscular dystrophy - Better Health Channel
Since muscular dystrophy is a life-long condition that is not correctable, management includes focusing on preventing or minimizing deformities and maximizing the child's functional ability at home and in the community.